'This is my home' - Manchester United's £48m Koke bid is futile


United have reportedly made a move for Spanish international Koke this afternoon. But the player has made it clear he has no desire to leave Atletico Madrid this summer.

Atletico Madrid have had an exceptional season, and being a team who do not command vast sums of money, they were always likely to have the vultures circling at the campaign's conclusion.

The likes of Diego Costa, Filipe Luis, Thibaut Courtois, Miranda, Diego Godin and David Villa are all being linked with moves away this summer - and their inspirational midfielder Koke is no different.

The Spanish international has been heavily linked with several teams recently. Just this week Chelsea were believed to be keeping tabs on him but it is Manchester United who are said to be keenest.

In fact just today, the player that David Moyes went to scout on several occasions, is believed to be the subject of a £48 million bid, activating his release clause in the process.

The thing about a release clause however, is that while the club have to accept the terms, the player does not. Koke is more than entitled to turn around and say 'thanks but no thanks' to any offer United put on his table and in all honesty that seems the most likely scenario.

Just this week he was talking about his time with Los Colchoneros, and he certainly did not seem like a player pushing for a move - not in the slightest. At a kit launch this week he declared:

“The squad has had a spectacular year and this [interest from other clubs] is normal. But I’m happy, this is my home and I will continue here for quite some time.”

Koke does not seem in a rush to leave the club any time soon. At the age of 22 he does not need to rush his career and staying at the Vicente Calderon is certainly a good option for the player.

As for United they can meet his release clause of course, but the likelihood is that Koke will stay put this summer.

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